Here's my experience from trying Gentoo 2004.2 last weekend (installing
from the universal CD stage3):
- the mirrorselect + grep instructions in the Handbook produced a huge
sequence of null bytes that broke the make.conf file.
- "emerge nvidia-kernel" kept trying to install the old 4496 drivers for
some reason, which screwed things up. I'm pretty sure the 6111 ebuild
was in /usr/portage but for some reason emerge was ignoring it.
Admission: at this point I ran the Nvidia 6111 installer directly, because
it seemed to be the only way to get that version installed. Chaos ensued...
- "emerge tuxracer", or indeed trying to build anything that used
OpenGL, was a problem because somewhere along the way <GL/gl.h>
disappeared. For example at one point there were symlinks in
/usr/include/GL to non-existent files.
- "glxgears" was the only OpenGL application I could seem to get to
run. After managing to build tuxracer and neverball, they kept
insisting that OpenGL wasn't available despite glxinfo claiming
otherwise. winex-cvs wouldn't even build because of some missing
Various attempts to uninstall, emerge, and so on never got the machine
back into shape.
Now, this is my first time working with Gentoo, so I assume I'm missing
something obvious with regard to the 4496 vs. 6111 driver issue. I plan
to try again from scratch next weekend.
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